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My MacBook Pro doesn't sem to be storing my preferences. What gives?

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I have a SSD drive with very little space left.  I'm constantly needing to delete stuff so that my startup disc doesn't get full.  I've been using OmniDiskSweeper, but I'm afraid I may have accidentally deleted something important.  I'me having to re-enter passwords all the time, even after I've entered them post sweep.  I set some preferences in email and in some other apps, however, nothing seems to be sticking.


Any idea what I might have done and/or how I can fix this?

MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.7.3)
  • ds store Level 7 Level 7 (30,305 points)

    See storage drive here to make room


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  • Linc Davis Level 10 Level 10 (107,540 points)

    Repairing the permissions of a home folder in Lion is a complicated procedure. I don’t know of a simpler one that always works.


    Back up all data now. Before proceeding, you must be sure you can restore your system to its present state


    Launch the Terminal application in any of the following ways:


    Enter the first few letters of its name into a Spotlight search. Select it in the results (it should be at the top.)


    In the Finder, select Go Utilities from the menu bar, or press the key combination shift-command-U. The application is in the folder that opens.


    Open LaunchPad. Click Utilities, then Terminal in the page that opens.


    Drag or copy — do not type — the following line into the Terminal window, then press return:


    chmod -R -N ~


    The command will take a noticeable amount of time to run. When a new line ending in a dollar sign ($) appears below what you entered, it’s done. You may see a few error messages about an “invalid argument” while the command is running. You can ignore those. If you get an error message with the words “Permission denied,” enter this:


    sudo !!


    You'll be prompted for your login password, which won't be displayed when you type it. You may get a one-time warning not to screw up.


    Next, boot from your recovery partition by holding down the key combination command-R at startup. Release the keys when you see a gray screen with a spinning dial.


    When the recovery desktop appears, select Utilities ▹ Terminal from the menu bar.

    In the Terminal window, enter “resetpassword” (without the quotes) and press return. A Reset Password window opens. You’re not going to reset the password.


    Select your boot volume if not already selected.


    Select your username from the menu labeled Select the user account if not already selected.


    Under Reset Home Directory Permissions and ACLs, click the Reset button.


    Select ▹ Restart from the menu bar.

  • Linc Davis Level 10 Level 10 (107,540 points)

    Yes, but you won't need your backups unless something goes wrong. You must back up in any case, whether you do what I suggested or not. Every hard drive will fail eventually, usually with no warning.

  • Linc Davis Level 10 Level 10 (107,540 points)

    You would only be prompted for your password if you entered the "sudo" command after getting "Permission denied" errors. If that didn't happen, just boot into Recovery and finish the procedure.


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